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Bruce G. Vanyo

Bruce G. Vanyo

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

New York, NY, USA


Bruce G. Vanyo is the National Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation Practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. 

Mr. Vanyo has practiced in the area of securities litigation for more than 30 years and has defended more than 300 major securities cases. His practice includes defense of securities class actions, defense of derivative litigation, representation before the Securities and Exchange Commission, and representation of board committees in conducting internal investigations. Mr. Vanyo also provides counseling in corporate governance matters.

Although many of Mr. Vanyo's clients have been technology companies, he has also served clients from such diverse industries as life sciences, airlines, motion pictures, banking, and insurance. His clients have included: Dell Computer Corporation, The Boeing Company, Fluor Corporation, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, America West Airlines, Amdocs Limited, Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Genentech, Inc.

Mr. Vanyo has been highly successful in winning cases. Since 2000, he has achieved complete victory in 23 cases, including eight appellate victories in five different federal courts of appeal (First, Second, Fourth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits). Over his career, he has pioneered much of the securities law that has been favorable to defendants. In recognition of his experience in this area, he was asked by the technology industry to help lead its effort to accomplish securities litigation reform and, subsequently, by Congress to draft the pleading and safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

One of the nation's leading plaintiff lawyers, has referred to Mr. Vanyo as a "dangerous adversary." His colleagues in the defense bar have said about him that he "comes up with new and novel arguments that other lawyers don't see" and "he doesn't just think about the move he's about to make and the likely response - he's five steps ahead."

Mr. Vanyo has been recognized by a variety of publications as a leader in his field. He was recently named to the National Law Journal's list of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (2006). He also was chosen by the prestigious Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he most recently was described as a "towering figure in securities litigation," having earned his reputation through a "remarkable skill set and an understated but authoritative demeanor" (2004-2008). Other guides where he has received recognition include The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators (second edition), The Best Lawyers in America (since 1984), and Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2005). He served as Chair of the Annual Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute for the Practising Law Institute for 22 years. He served as adjunct professor of Securities Regulation at Hastings College of the Law for three years.

Prior to joining Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Mr. Vanyo was Chairman of the Securities Litigation Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.  He founded that firm's Litigation Department and served as its Chairman from 1984 until 1996. Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Mr. Vanyo handled securities fraud, antitrust, and other complex litigation at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, where he became a partner in 1979.

Mr. Vanyo earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School (1972), where he was Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He was a law clerk for Judge William Timbers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1972 - 1973). He is admitted to practice in California and Washington, D.C.

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